Do you work a desk job that requires a lot of computer work? Do you experience pain in the wrist and hand that gets worse with typing? Do you perform repetitive procedures that are causing chronic discomfort? If this sounds like you, you may be dealing with a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
The doctors of Orthopedic Associates of Long Island describe carpal tunnel syndrome as a condition of the wrist and hand that is caused by compressed nerves. Continued pressure on the nerves when the wrists extend or flex can cause this condition, which can become worse and result in nerve damage. While most cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are seen in patients who type as part of their daily activities, it can also be caused by other problems including:
• Thyroid gland imbalance
• Rheumatoid arthritis
This condition may impact any one or all three of the main nerves in the upper extremities including the median nerve, radial nerve, and the ulnar nerve.
Once a diagnosis has been made, patients then work with their doctor at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island in New York to determine the best possible treatment.
Conservative treatment options – there are a few different ways to address discomfort caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, and they may include splinting, bracing, modified physical activity, steroid injections, or anti-inflammatory medications.
Surgical treatment – when more conservative treatment options are no longer effective at reducing pain and discomfort, patients may want to ask their doctor about surgery. There are a few different ways to address this condition through surgery, and our team can educate individuals on their options.
Call our professionals at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island today
Patients who are interested in getting a proper diagnosis of their condition and seeking effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome are invited to connect to one of our seven convenient locations throughout New York. Our primary number is (631) 689-6698 to request an appointment at any of our facilities. We are always open to helping new patients who may need to work with an orthopedic professional.